Aug 262011

By Teri Walker

The Holbrook City Council voted Tuesday to approve a bid process in which Summit Healthcare was the only bidder for the purchase of a 1.6-acre parcel of city-owned land.

Summit bid the appraised value, $120,000, for the parcel, which is located on Navajo Blvd. adjacent to the new North Country Healthcare facility.

In a letter to the city, Summit CEO Ronald McArthur said Summit’s intent for the use of the property is to construct a medical clinic to provide expanded medical services to Holbrook and surrounding areas.

“Summit Healthcare plans to complement North Country’s primary care services by providing specialty care services including orthopedic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, urology, otolaryngology and cardiology,” said McArthur.

He said Summit is considering eventually adding physical therapy, diagnostic imaging and urgent care services.

While the new medical center is under construction, Summit will rent the recently vacated former North Country Healthcare facility located at 1401 W. Florida Street. The company plans to begin providing medical services in Holbrook beginning Sept. 1.

The city council will be asked to adopt an ordinance to approve the sale of the parcel during its next meeting on Sept. 13.

In other business:

* The council also elected to renew police chief Mark Jackson’s contract for an additional two years. Jackson did not request a pay increase or changes in any other contract terms.

* In a continuation of the city’s undertaking of installing energy-efficient lighting in city buildings, the council approved a bid proposal by Burden Electric LLC of Globe to retrofit the Holbrook Senior Center, Hidden Cove Golf Club, the city pool house, and parks and recreation facilities with

new lighting fixtures.

The anticipated cost is $12,684. The lighting project is being done in partnership with Arizona Public Service Co., and uses rebates offered through the Community Development Block Grant program for funding.

Burden Electric estimates the annual utility bill savings resulting from installing the new lighting will total $3,620.

* The council authorized the purchase of a new pump for the Painted Mesa Wastewater Treatment Plant. Precision Electric Co. of Phoenix will provide the pump for $8,323.

* Finance Director Randy Sullivan said the city received its first bill for jail fees from Navajo County. Beginning this year, the city must pay the county for a portion of the costs associated with processing and prosecuting defendants arrested by the Holbrook Police Department. The city had budgeted $11,000 for the fees, although the bill came in at $5,600. Sullivan pointed out that for the next two years, the city will pay 50 percent of jail fees. After that time, the city will be responsible for the full amount of jail fees.